|Publication number||US7209285 B1|
|Application number||US 10/662,200|
|Publication date||Apr 24, 2007|
|Filing date||Sep 11, 2003|
|Priority date||Sep 11, 2003|
|Publication number||10662200, 662200, US 7209285 B1, US 7209285B1, US-B1-7209285, US7209285 B1, US7209285B1|
|Inventors||Gary C. Vanstone, James A. Carter, III, Richard A. Leblanc, Daniel J. Stoppenbach|
|Original Assignee||Lockheed Martin Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (16), Referenced by (5), Classifications (7), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention (Technical Field):
The present invention relates to Three Mirror Anastigmatic (“TMA”) optics such as employed in TMA telescopes.
2. Description of Related Art
Three Mirror Anastigmatic (“TMA”) optics employed with sensor technologies typically require complex alignment techniques, requiring Modulation Transfer Function (“MTF”) analyzers, expensive alignment fixtures, and long hours of labor for the system to be aligned.
The present invention is of a three mirror anastigmatic optic (and corresponding method of making) comprising: a primary mirror; a secondary mirror; a tertiary mirror; and a vertex common to the primary and tertiary mirrors. In the preferred embodiment, all the mirrors share a common alignment axis, and the optic has tilt coincident to the common alignment axis. A stop is at the secondary mirror. A hole exists at a junction of the primary and tertiary mirrors, and the optic undergoes alignment by insertion through the hole of one or both of a rod and a laser. The primary and the tertiary mirrors are preferably diamond turned with a common fixture. An imaging sensor is preferably located at an imaging plane in an optical path following the tertiary mirror and focusing occurs only via movement of the secondary mirror.
The invention is also of an optical system (and corresponding method) comprising a three mirror anastigmatic optic as described. The system is preferably selected from hyperspectral imaging sensors, multispectral imaging sensors, infrared imaging systems, electro-optical targeting systems, and remote sensors.
Objects, advantages and novel features, and further scope of applicability of the present invention will be set forth in part in the detailed description to follow, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, and in part will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon examination of the following, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The objects and advantages of the invention may be realized and attained by means of the instrumentalities and combinations particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated into and form a part of the specification, illustrate one or more embodiments of the present invention and, together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention. The drawings are only for the purpose of illustrating one or more preferred embodiments of the invention and are not to be construed as limiting the invention. In the drawings:
The common axis Three Mirror Anastigmatic (“TMA”) optical apparatus and method of the invention employs primary and tertiary mirrors at a common vertex with tilt coincident to the alignment axis. The stop of the TMA of the invention is at the secondary mirror, which permits the system to be focused with motion only being performed by the secondary mirror and with only a slight positioning alignment for pixel registration being performed at the image plane.
The primary and tertiary mirrors having a common vertex permits the diamond turning of the mirror with a common fixture. The mirrors are preferably diamond turned separately referenced to a flat tooling fixture, and then are cut as two halves. They are pinned together into a single assembly, permitting both to be self aligned. The vertex of both mirrors serves as an alignment datum for the secondary mirror to be aligned to the primary-tertiary mirror assembly.
The present invention employs a wide-field (up to at least approximately 7 degrees), low-distortion (at least less than approximately 1%) design, where all the needed precision of alignment is done during fabrication with the diamond turning machine, with primary and tertiary mirrors fabricated as a single assembly and pre-aligned to each other with the diamond turning machine. The design of the secondary mirror is preferably constrained to focus and tilt, the boresight of the secondary mirror is coincident to the alignment axis, wherein centering is performed with a boresight laser and/or alignment rod. The tilt of the secondary mirror to the primary/tertiary assembly is preferably performed using reflective fiducials (not shown) on both the secondary mirror and the primary/tertiary assembly. A system according to the invention easily achieves F# of approximately 2.3 or better.
The preferred embodiment of the off-axis anastigmatic optic 10 of the invention is shown in
As shown in
The only motions needed for the secondary mirror are tilt and translation along the tilt axis. The image plane is only allowed the necessary slight offsets for centering and focus. The primary and tertiary mirrors are prealigned due to their fabrication on the diamond turning machine as a single unit.
The present invention is especially useful for any wideband optical system with high performance requirements, particularly hyperspectral/multispectral imaging sensors, infrared imaging systems, electro-optical targeting systems, and remote sensors.
Although the invention has been described in detail with particular reference to these preferred embodiments, other embodiments can achieve the same results. Variations and modifications of the present invention will be obvious to those skilled in the art and it is intended to cover in the appended claims all such modifications and equivalents. The entire disclosures of all references, applications, patents, and publications cited above are hereby incorporated by reference.
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|U.S. Classification||359/366, 359/399, 359/859|
|International Classification||G02B23/00, G02B17/00|
|Sep 11, 2003||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION, MARYLAND
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